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3656 34th Ave. W. Send to Phone

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
  • Parking available
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Outdoor dining
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Limelight Cafe Restaurant Review

: Denizens of this sedate, upper middle class neighborhood can be found unwinding at this charming little renovated rambler where a dizzying display of butterflies greets you at the door. Curved and mirrored folding screens make the pretty peach and aqua dining room seem intimate. Lots of windows let in the daylight, when folks drop by for sandwiches, fish and chips or pasta. When it’s nice the deck is a pleasant, if not particularly scenic venue. Votives flicker at night when the kitchen turns out a more ambitious, mostly Mediterranean-inspired menu. More than ample entrée portions make appetizers superfluous, and most aren’t very exciting. So go directly to the robust osso buco or the fortifying cannelloni filled with spinach, hazelnuts and three cheeses. Those entrées and others, like beef tenderloin in pomegranate demi-glace, come in half-portions, which helps keep the tab down. Among the pastas, we like the linguini puttanesca but find the overcooked prawns not worth the surcharge. Desserts all come with crème anglaise, even the delectable caramel apple cheesecake. The limited wine list is moderately priced. Service is erratic. The brunch menu runs to eggs lots of ways, but we prefer the fluffy pannekoek, a sweet Dutch pancake lighter than a down duvet.


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